Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik dials PM Modi as uncertainty over Rath Yatra looms large amid Covid-19


With uncertainty looming over Lord Jagannath’s annual Rath Yatra in Puri this yr amid the coronavirus risk, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Friday held a telephonic dialogue with Prime Minister Narendra Modi concerning the Covid-19 state of affairs and concerning the upcoming Rath Yatra.

Naveen Patnaik later interacted with the members of the Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA).

The spiritual occasion has been held uninterrupted since 1736, in line with Bhaskar Mishra, a researcher in Jagannath Culture.

Puri Gajapati Dibyasingh Deb, after chairing Srimandir Managing Committee assembly on Friday through video convention, stated, “Since the lockdown restrictions in the battle against Covid-19 are in force till May 3, there can be no public participation in any of rituals conducted outside any temple across the country till that period.”

According to the Government of India’s order, all locations of worship will stay closed for public until May 3. The order additionally prohibits spiritual congregations, with none exception.

Puri Gajapati Dibyasingh Deb stated that the temple administration committee has to abide by it.

The rituals of Lord Jagannath carried out outdoors Srimandir throughout Chandan Jatra can’t be performed throughout lockdown.

The processing for Rath Yatra that commences from Akshaya Tritiya as per Jagannath tradition yearly can’t happen until May 3. As the chariots are made outdoors the temple premises, it’s unlikely to begin from Akshaya Tritiya (April 26) as per the custom, he stated.

“Since all the managing committee members do not want to break the century-old tradition, we will seek alternative means from the Shankaracharya on how to conduct rituals outside the temple during the lockdown,” he stated.

Dibyasingh Deb, in the meantime, stated any choice on the annual pageant, scheduled for June 23, can be taken in accordance with the rules launched after the lockdown is lifted on May 3.

“The committee members unanimously agreed that the 12th-century shrine will abide by the lockdown guidelines implemented both by the central and the state government. Therefore, all activities outside the temple will not be held before May 3,” the Gajapati Maharaj stated in a video message.

Lakhs of devotees from numerous components of the world throng in Jaganath Dham, Puri to witness the annual sojourn of the Holy Trinity – Lord Balabhadra, Mahaprabhu Jagannath and Devi Subhadra. Since social distancing shouldn’t be potential with such an enormous crowd, there may be uncertainty concerning the Rath Yatra being held this yr.

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